New Line Cinema | Release Date: October 24, 2008
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BobG.Mar 6, 2009
Wow, this movie was bad - any episode of the wire - even without any backstory, is better than this !! The first 10 min is back to back swearing, seemingly to make up for zero action ( in fact the whole film fails in that regard ). The plot Wow, this movie was bad - any episode of the wire - even without any backstory, is better than this !! The first 10 min is back to back swearing, seemingly to make up for zero action ( in fact the whole film fails in that regard ). The plot is thin and contrived. The acting and direction are "OK". It doesn't have an ending. This is so far away from the Departed I wish it had never ... "arrived". If you thought that was bad; watch this. Expand
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JohnHFeb 14, 2009
I didn't like this movie. Edward Norton's performance was good but I found the movie to move too slowly.
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R.LopezFeb 5, 2009
After decades of macho dramas, The Shield, and other ''gritty'' TV police shows, cop movies today rarely have the understated oomph that guys like Sidney Lumet brought to them in the '70s and '80s. But Pride and After decades of macho dramas, The Shield, and other ''gritty'' TV police shows, cop movies today rarely have the understated oomph that guys like Sidney Lumet brought to them in the '70s and '80s. But Pride and Glory is an old-style exception, a very well acted and emotionally gripping corrupt-cop family drama that feels like the kind of serious, slow-burn NYPD movie nobody makes anymore. Edward Norton is in top form as Ray, a burned-out detective whose investigation into the deaths of four cops leads him to suspect his brother-in-law, Officer Jimmy Egan (Colin Farrell, also terrific). The climactic bar brawl and street beating unfortunately feel too stock, but otherwise co-writer/ director Gavin O'Connor puts a new shine on familiar material. I very highly recommended this film. Expand
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JaredC.Oct 23, 2008
This years "We Own the Night," but also this years most astounding cop drama.
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QuackH.Jan 19, 2009
This is a great and intense movie, with an astounding storyline. One of the critic's review sounded like the idiot didn't even watch the movie, and trying to get by. He said the actor Edward Norton has an unexplained scar, when in This is a great and intense movie, with an astounding storyline. One of the critic's review sounded like the idiot didn't even watch the movie, and trying to get by. He said the actor Edward Norton has an unexplained scar, when in the movie, it definitely did tell you why. Stupid and ignorant critics! Leave your crappy reviews in your garbage bin. Expand
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JohnM.Nov 7, 2008
Held my interest from start to end. Great acting performances from all major characters.
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mmccOct 22, 2008
Good thriller-movie ! Great actors and perfect suspance ! Exellent !!!
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TDKinDallasOct 26, 2008
It was a good movie, but nothing special. A lot of things happen that just don't make any sense. I still enjoyed the ride, but I am not recommending that you spend $10 a head to go see it......wait for DVD.
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ChadS.Oct 28, 2008
Denzel Washington's historical Best Actor win for his portrayal of a bad cop in Antoine Fuqua's "Training Day" at the 2002 Academy Awards was met with tempered excitement in some quarters. These well-wishers were disappointed that Denzel Washington's historical Best Actor win for his portrayal of a bad cop in Antoine Fuqua's "Training Day" at the 2002 Academy Awards was met with tempered excitement in some quarters. These well-wishers were disappointed that Washington couldn't have followed in the footsteps of Sidney Poitier with a role more along the lines of Malcolm X.(in which Washington lost the Oscar in 1992 to Al Pacino for his role as a "hoo-ha('ing)" blind man in Martin Brest's "Scent of a Woman"), or Dr. Virgil Tibbs(Poitier's 1967 Oscar-winning role from Norman Jewison's "In the Heat of the Night"), than the gangbanger with a badge who would leave his unformed partner in the ghetto for dead. But give Washington credit, when the "St. Elsewhere" alumnist put his screen image at risk, he went all out. Alonzo was one bad mutha*****. Thankfully, the filmmaker let Washington explore all the nuances of this one dimension, the bad mutha***** dimension, instead of fortifying the rogue cop with redeeming characteristics to cajole the audience into complicity, by having them sympathize with the antagonist's flaws. In other words, bad mutha*****s are human beings, too. But there can be only one Martin Scorsese. And "Pride and Glory" is not "Cape Fear"(Scorsese's reworking of the 1962 J. Lee Thompson original); it's also not "Good Fellas" in blue. Alonzo was a gangsta. Jimmy Egan(Colin Farrell) is a gangsta, too. But Jimmy has a wife and child; together, hangin' in the family crib, they look like the very model of domestic bliss(conversely, Alonzo's girl looks like a "homegirl" on blow). The kindness that Jimmy bestows on his family is supposed to absorb whatever illegal shennanigans he orchestrates on the job. But the good-hearted nurse and the child who goes to sleep with racecars dotted all over his blanket, can't absorb, and finally, redeem, a husband/father who'd punch a woman square in the face, hard, then threaten her infant with a piping hot iron, close. This sort of gratuitous act is ugly, but at least it would be honest, if Jimmy didn't show contrition soon after. Farrell is obviously thinking about his screen image. In the dialogue-less final scene, Ray Tierney(Edward Norton) become a Scorsese-like protagonist, but the expression is incomplete without Jimmy's presence. Ray never quite gets the chance to be the hero before his code of ethics is compromised by family pressure. Expand
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JayL.Oct 29, 2008
My wife and were blown back in our seats by the energy of the cast and the flow of this movie. Norton, Farrell and Voight were as good as we've seen them. A real star in the rough was Emmerich. I highly recommend this movie to those who My wife and were blown back in our seats by the energy of the cast and the flow of this movie. Norton, Farrell and Voight were as good as we've seen them. A real star in the rough was Emmerich. I highly recommend this movie to those who like strong drama. Expand
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DavidSOct 31, 2008
One of the better movies we have seen in a while. The acting was really good, the story kept us engaged. Would recommend.
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JayH.Jan 26, 2009
Brutal, well acted and edited. Convincingly cast with believable performances. The gritty setting is a plus. Good pace. Still, I never really cared about most of the characters so I never got deeply involved in the film.
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Keymaster1Sep 19, 2010
The hailed heroism and glory are things that are ranked high along with the badge for the Tierney family, a well respected circle of father (Jon Voight) and son's (Edward Norton and Noah Emmerich) police officers. They are known for theirThe hailed heroism and glory are things that are ranked high along with the badge for the Tierney family, a well respected circle of father (Jon Voight) and son's (Edward Norton and Noah Emmerich) police officers. They are known for their good deeds, but when a police corruption scandal is discovered by Ray (Edward Norton) things start to heat up. The signs point toward brother in law Jimmy (Colin Farrell) being a loose cannon. Soon the tension is high between Farrell and Norton which ends up to be a very heated, fist clenched, raging rivalry between the two. The family's true code of ethics is put into play as Norton struggles to do what is right. -All of the acting was very genuine and very immersing. Especially the acting from Farrell as he shows us a very angry, above the law cop (The baby and the iron part was very tense), he fleshed out a nice, spiteful bastard. -Overall 'Pride and Glory' was a good cop, crime drama that was pretty well written, with some slight predictability which is made up for by good cast interaction and an overall good main character carried properly by Norton. The story was good enough to keep me watching and the realism was the icing on the cake. Expand
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JanschieOct 17, 2010
The compelling reason to see this movie is Edward Norton. There are other fine casting choices, including Jon Voigt, just about all of the female actors and ethnic participants, some of whom are non-actors, but very real. The story is noThe compelling reason to see this movie is Edward Norton. There are other fine casting choices, including Jon Voigt, just about all of the female actors and ethnic participants, some of whom are non-actors, but very real. The story is no better than a typical Third Watch episode, but better than a standard NYPD story. Why it took so long to make is a reflection of the producer's lack of focus, or maybe too much focus. Colin Ferrel looks totally out of place and makes very little contribution to his role. Some of the plot is downright ridiculous and the ending is stupid. But, there is enough to draw an interested if limited viewer. There is lots of f-bombs, which seem totally out of place, and just made up to be made up. There is a very sensitive scene with the Chief's cancer ridden wife. The relationships among the cops makes one ask, would that be allowed? To be honest, it is not a good movie. But, because of Norton and a few other gritty character performances, it has merit. The DVD is a "making of" and is generally so self-centred on the director himself, as if there was nothing else going on in the world. Skip it. Expand
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jp992751Jan 26, 2011
This movie was shot so realistically that you actually felt like you were in the middle of Washington Heights watching this all play-out. Edward Norton is one of those rare actors that even though he seems out of place in a gritty film likeThis movie was shot so realistically that you actually felt like you were in the middle of Washington Heights watching this all play-out. Edward Norton is one of those rare actors that even though he seems out of place in a gritty film like this somehow he makes it work. The cast was exceptional and made you hate and feel bad for them all at the same time. My only two beefs would be that it is one in a billion of corrupt cop movies which weighs a bit on it (though it is one of the better ones around) and the language is a bit excessive, I get that it adds to the realism, but that doesn't mean that I have to enjoy it. Expand
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Tss5078May 16, 2016
Ray Tierney (Edward Norton) comes from a family of cops, and was the best of the lot until an accident in the line of duty cut his career short. One night, after multiple officers are shot and killed, it becomes clear that there is a largeRay Tierney (Edward Norton) comes from a family of cops, and was the best of the lot until an accident in the line of duty cut his career short. One night, after multiple officers are shot and killed, it becomes clear that there is a large corruption ring at work within the NYPD, and the brass turn to Ray to find out the truth, a truth that could lead him right back home. Edward Norton is truly a chameleon in that he can play absolutely any role and be believable. It doesn't matter if he's some computer geek or a tough as nails cop, he always does a great job and no matter what he's in, the film is always going to have an air of credibility for it. The rest of the cast, as well as the story are also pretty good, but this film isn't without it's problems. As with other films that have complex stories and large casts, the story moves so quickly and characters are introduced so fast, that it's difficult to keep track of what's going on and nearly impossible to remember who is who. The story is great and the main characters are well written, but there is so much going on, that it is very easy to get lost in all the side stories. The bottom line is that Pride and Glory would be better suited as a TV series than a movie, but then you wouldn't have the big named cast, and it probably wouldn't last four episodes. The actions scenes are great, the main characters are intense, and the story was terrific if not a bit more complicated than it needed to be. Expand
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SpangleDec 24, 2016
A run-of-the-mill cop crime drama, Pride and Glory features good performances from its cast, but never really does anything with the plot that has not been done before. For fans of the CBS golden oldies cop show Blue Bloods though, Pride andA run-of-the-mill cop crime drama, Pride and Glory features good performances from its cast, but never really does anything with the plot that has not been done before. For fans of the CBS golden oldies cop show Blue Bloods though, Pride and Glory may seem like a gritty precursor to seeing Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg save New York every Friday (or other day?) night. A film about family, crime, and dirty cops, Pride and Glory is essentially a film about four cops being killed in suspicious fashion, which leads to an unraveling of corruption and internal cover-ups on the part of the cops. Typical, aggressive, and unambitious, Pride and Glory should be enjoyed for the acting and that is about the end of it the positives.

That said, its adherence to cliches in its plot and characters does boost the film ever so slightly. There is reason why they are cliches and it is because it leads to a compelling film. Thus, while incredibly predictable and standard in its development, Pride and Glory's plot still manages to provide intrigue and tension along the way because of its cliches. Though the acting factors in here as well, the writing does craft an interesting plot, even if it is incredibly disposable. Its plot and characters, however, are certainly pretty racist. With Dominicans portrayed as nothing but gangsters, murderers, and junkies, Pride and Glory seems to have an issue with Dominicans, even including a line where Colin Farrell's character calls Spanish a "monkey language". Pretty risque stuff. Yes, it is part of the characterization for Farrell, but certainly offensive and his character could be developed in a different fashion.

Incredibly slow at times, the film finds tension and action through the acting in the film. In particular, Colin Farrell turns in an intense performance as Jimmy Egan. A corrupt, passionate, and unethical man, Jimmy is a cop who is deeply unhinged. He literally threatens to iron a baby in this movie. He is that crazy. I would be lying if I said his character was not thoroughly engrossing on screen, even if he is a bit of a caricature. Edward Norton stars as Ray Tierney, a detective looking to right the past who stumbles upon the cover-up and corruption. As always, Norton turns in a calculated and thoroughly great performance. A calming presence almost, Norton is not given nearly enough to chew on and clearly mails this one in, but even then, he is great. It is a shame to see him stuck in a cliched film such as this, instead of something far more challenging. Noah Emmerich also is quite good as Francis Tierney, a smart cop on his way up in the department. As always, he plays a calm, everyman type of guy who is incredibly down to Earth. He definitely plays the same guy in every movie, but I like it anyways.

Overall, Pride and Glory is typical and disposable. I am already forgetting it as I write this. That said, its acting cannot be ignored and far exceeds the quality of the script.
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FilmQueenNov 26, 2015
A quite good film about cops. It has many themes, there is some action and violence, the performances are good. However the ending is stupid, I think.
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